Cello Springs Festival returns for the third year in January 2019: a celebration of the cello embedded in the vibrant community of Yellow Springs, Ohio. We will offer public concerts and community events in and around Yellow Springs, exploring cello repertoire from many eras and a wide range of styles.
Yellow Springs, OH is a small town in Southern Ohio with a population around 3,500 and a strong, historically-based association with intentional community building. Home to Antioch College, there is a large arts culture in Yellow Springs which extends beyond the formalized settings of galleries and studios and has been incorporated as a way of life by many of the residents. Community members have invested not only in live music performance but also the relationships between art and mental health, art and education, and art as activism.
We are grateful for our roots in the village, and delighted to be entering the third year of the festival after hoping to undertake a musical project here for many years. We see Cello Springs Festival as both an outreach event and incubator for creative ideas. In turn, we see the town of Yellow Springs in conversation with the festival, generously hosting our work and the majority of our concerts but also serving as a hub for further outreach and performance opportunities.
Cello Springs seeks to connect with the established structures of Yellow Springs, inviting vendors, individual arts supporters, venues, and community groups with specific missions to partner with us. We are asking what we can bring to the community to build a sustainable foundation for future years.
Educational workshops will be a small but important part of our community presence and we are working to set up events at local public schools. These educational events will focus on the importance of live music as shared experiences within communities and between individuals.
Through our collaborations with the Glen Helen Institute, we hope to explore the link between music and awareness practice, working with environmentally-minded individuals to program live music as a tool for reflection, social action, and nature appreciation. Social witness is at the foundation of our festival and is a critical part of the vision for our role in the community; it is our motivation for engagement with the creative process.